What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to this week's What I Wore Wednesday.

This pretty rayon and lace top looks very elegant paired with a pair of dark wash jeans.

Top: Brass & Roe     Jeans: Old Navy    Shoes: Target (a couple of seasons ago)

Cool and Casual yet still dressy enough to wear to work. 

Top and Jeans:  Old Navy     Shoes:  Qupid




Motivation Monday: Contentment

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to another Motivation Monday.

This weekend I was thinking quite a bit about how things always seem to go better when I am content.  What do I mean by that?

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, I'm about to quote one of my posts (for those of you who don't follow me, you totally should.  lol!)

I try to make each of my Instagram posts motivational...if I'm given a platform like that it seems to me that I should use it for good.

On this particular Friday, I was struggling to come up with an inspirational caption.

This is what I ended up with...

"I was hoping to come up with some inspirational caption to share with all of you as we head into the weekend, instead my mind kept wandering.  I thought about my sister who had been visiting, but just headed home,  I thought about my son's college applications,  (What?!? I can't believe he's a Senior this year), I thought about how I need to clean the house now that my house guests have gone. I thought about life.  Although none of those things are particularly inspirational in and of themselves, they are my life.  And I am grateful for them.

I have a sister who is my best friend... and though we live miles apart, we still get to spend time together.  I have a son who is intelligent and driven and is excited for college and a career.  I have a house that is welcoming where family wants to come visit.  

There is almost always a silver lining... a blessing in the everyday."

And thus, what started out as me searching for something inspirational to share, ended up being inspirational.  All because of contentment.  All because I took the time to see the beauty and the blessings in the little everyday things.

When we find contentment in our surroundings, contentment - not complacency - we are able to move forward with gratitude.  And gratitude, in turn, helps us to create the best possible versions of our lives.

And so  my challenge to you this week, my lovelies, is to search for your own contentment in the everyday events of life.  And let that contentment foster gratitude. 




What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to another edition of What I Wore Wednesday!

My body type is what is known as a Rectangle.  Basically, that means that I don't have much - if any -  curve to my shape.  My chest, waist and hip measurements are all within a couple of inches of each other...and I have long legs but am very short-waisted.  

So basically, I want to avoid anything that sits at my natural waist.  Because when I wear something like that, I basically look like Steve Urkell.  (I hope that reference isn't lost on anyone).  So you know this new high-waisted trend that's coming back in?  NOT a good look for me.  I will definitely not be embracing that look.

Empire waists are amazing on us rectangles, however.  And that is basically what I chose to wear this week..

Let's start off with last week's Sunday Best...

This dress is basically an empire waist.  For those of us who are rectangles, this is a very flattering look because our rib cages are usually quite narrow and the swing of fabric as it moves out from the higher waistline gives the illusion of some curve.

Dress:  Old Navy (Last Season), Shoes:  Target

This top is oversized, but the pin tucking at the neckline has the same effect as an empire waist causing the fabric to flair out just below the pin tucks and giving the illusion of some curve.

Top:  Gap Factory Outlet,  Monogram Bracelet:  GroopDealz,  Jeans:  Old Navy

Have a great day!




Motivation Monday

 For today's Motivation Monday post, I'm going to focus on something a little different.

I've been talking recently about how this year (my 45th year) is a year of transformation for me.

I am going on two months into this project and I am amazed at the amount of growth that is taking place.  One thing that I was really hoping to achieve is to be comfortable in my own skin.  And this is something that is taking more work than I thought it would.

As I am moving through this year of transformation, I am transitioning my blog to fit more and more within the framework of the things that I am working on in my own life.  And you have noticed, I'm sure, that I have been focusing a lot more on fashion.

Although I have been working in Interior Design for the past several years, my college degree is actually in Fashion Merchandising, and it has always been something that I have loved as much as Interior Design.  So sharing more of that area of my life seemed natural.

Which brings me back to being comfortable in my own skin.
I have talked a bit about my on-going weight loss journey as well.  And although I have made good progress, I have not reached my overall goal.  I will continue to strive toward that goal.  But in the meantime, I need to embrace and even LOVE the body that I currently have.

Posting photos of me for What I Wore Wednesdays has been challenging because I am still learning to love the way I look right here and right now.  But you know what?
Regardless of what I look like, my body is a tremendous gift.  And I am so grateful for it.
And I will learn to be comfortable in my own skin and to think that I am beautiful regardless of what society would have us believe is beautiful.

Are you with me?




What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to another edition of What I Wore Wednesday!

Let's start things off with this cute tunic with keyhole neck purchased at Hope Ave
I purchased the top last spring and it doesn't look like it's currently available.  But if you boho style, you should definitely check out their shop!

 I really do love me a tunic.  Here's another fun one purchased from Called to Surf that I paired with my good old stand by Old Navy jeans.

And finally, this pretty dress also from Called to Surf which was a gift from my sister.  I have such a soft spot for Pink.  The shoes are last season from Target.

Have a fabulous week!




Motivation Monday - Monthly Challenge Check In

Hello Lovelies!

First of all, I decided to change the name of Monday's posts from Master Class Monday to Motivation Monday.  It just sounds more, hmmm, I don't know...more...motivating?  Lol!

Last week, I introduced this month's challenge which is to exercise everyday for the next 30 days. I promised to check in with you all on this week's progress...
I'm doing well.  But in the interest of full disclosure, I admit that I didn't get a workout in every day this week.  I have started doing Yoga, however, which I quite enjoy.

Also, in the interest of losing my last 20 lbs., I have started back up on Weight Watchers.

Here I am (below) pre-divorce and pre-anxiety-related weight gain.  This is the weight I am aiming to get back to.

I am already starting to feel a difference although there isn't much in the way of a before/after type of progress to share with you yet.

That's the thing about weight loss.  It takes commitment...and time.  And because the results aren't seen immediately, it's really easy to lose focus.  But I'm in this for the long haul.

What about you?  Anyone out there willing to join me in this weight loss/health journey?
The more the merrier!

Leave me a comment or drop me an email if you're in!